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Lumberjacks and scientists

Our world is about productivity. We want to conquer everything fast, we want to learn everything fast, we do not supposed to follow our passion, because it is so 2012, we are expected to produce things, papers, credits, reputation, likes, whatever. If it is all about productivity, why people spend all their times on meetings(…)

Quo vadis, Mendeley?

The time has come. We all know it will come and in many ways I am happy, especially happy for the Mendeley Team. The holly matrimony of  Mendeley and Elsevier was inevitable, still leaves a little bitter taste in my mouth. Mendeley needed someone in the publishing place to team up with, it is very(…)

Open source MOOC by edX

I have tremendous respect to MIT for the ballsy moves they sometimes make at education technology. The most recent one (together with Harvard)  is releasing the platform of edX under an open-source license, as it was announced on their website. edX (how do you capitalize this? crazy..) is a joint MOOC project between Harvard and MIT. It is non-profit,(…)

Build portfolios, not resumes!

Disclaimer: I am a guy who never had a real job in my life, and most probably never will. So take any career advice from you with a pinch of salt. No, I am serious. Build portfolios not resumes! aka self-directed learning So what is a problem that many job seeker faces? A: You want(…)

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) for education

So maybe your biology classes was just boring and your only joy was the painful death of little animals on the altar of science while you dissect them?   You know what is way more cooler? How about exploring the oceans with your own submarine? If you are ready to build your own, you are not alone: you can check(…)

Who said statistics and data analysis is boring?

All that maters is the problem. John Millward for example analysed the female and male performers in the Internet Adult Movie Database: Deep Inside. I think it would be a problem that successfully capture the attention of many university students. At least that of the male ones.    

Curiosity and motivation in learning

It is interesting that while in informal settings practically everyone acknowledges that motivation of the students is the most important element for their academic success, we generally doesn’t do much about it. I mean, frankly: sometimes people say that a teacher should be energetic and enthusiastic and able to engage students, or sometimes interesting  lectures should be taught, but that is it. The whole approach of academia(…)

Simulating molecular assemblies in the classroom

It seems Concordia Consotrium with the support of Google.org came out some new simulations using the Molecular Workbench tool to illustrate intermolecular interactions. For example take a look at these systems: Warming up and cooling down we can see how the molecular liquids start evaporating, while ionic ones stay condensed. Do you want to explain the advantages(…)